rice art and muruku time!

Even if you don’t celebrate Deepavali, or Divali, the Hindu festival of lights, you have to love its happy colors. That’s really my favorite thing about this festival, and guess what, it’s today!!! Happy Deepavali to all who are celebrating.

First off, I’m a real sucker for beautiful rice art displays such as this. This festive floor carpet is made entirely of colored rice.

I took these photos in the daytime so the candle stands are empty and not lighted up. At night, the display is even prettier.

Anyhow, here’s a close-up so you can see the lovely grains of rice.

I’ve seen the ‘artists’ put together insanely intricate designs by painstakingly scooping out handfuls of colored rice and trailing them across the floors of malls. Amazing!

It’s hard not to love Deepavali when there are so many different types of muruku calling out to me at the grocery store, ya know 😆 !

Muruku is an Indian crunchy snack made with dhall flour and fragrant Indian spices, pressed through different shaped molds and deepfried.

I bought two types this time – the star muruku (left) which is a pretty star shape, and the omom muruku (right) which reminds me of, um, a rat’s tail?

I bought two huge bags of each and mixed them up in a big airtight container. My kids eat them as a TV snack and they even have a box of it in my car when we go out 😆 .

It’s one of those crunchies that once you get started, it’s so hard to stop 😆 ! So here’s to muruku time!!

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